Conference: Personalized Medicine & Intellectual Property

August 1st, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Join the BU School of Law on Monday, Aug. 25, for a conference focused on personalized medicine and intellectual property. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Myriad that a human gene implicated in breast and ovarian cancer was not patentable subject matter. In Prometheus, the Court also recently ruled that a method for optimizing certain drug therapies was... More

SPH Ranked in Top 5 for Social Media Use

July 31st, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Courtesy image  MPH Programs has ranked BUSPH in the top five among public health schools for social media use. The site evaluated 61 public health schools across the country to identify the 50 most social media-friendly schools. There were 100 points possible, with 24 for Facebook, 20 for Twitter, 18 for LinkedIn, 15 for YouTube, 11 for Flickr, More

Saying Goodbye to BU’s Former “First Lady”

July 30th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Jasmine Chobanian remembered as a patron of the arts and a humanitarian. Jasmine Chobanian, who was regarded as the “First Lady” of Boston University during the many years that her husband Aram V. Chobanian, MD, served in University leadership, both as dean of the School of Medicine and the ninth president of Boston University (2003–2005), died... More

Health Care Funding Changes Impact STI Testing, Study Finds

July 29th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Universal health coverage and changes in the way Massachusetts funds clinics that test for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have led to a shift in patients accessing testing that has both positive and negative implications, a study led by BU researchers says. The study, published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases and led by Mari-Lynn Drainoni, associate professor of health... More

HIV Non-disclosure, Stigma, Incarceration Are Possible Predictors of Poor Follow Up in Research Trials

July 22nd, 2014 in Uncategorized.

A collaborative effort between American, Russian and Ukrainian researchers offers new insight into a well-known barrier to high quality, longitudinal HIV research: loss of participant follow up.  This study, led by researchers at the BU Schools of Medicine and Public Health, explored the factors that contributed to attrition in large HIV trial in Russia, a... More

Transparency Lacking in Clinical Trials, BU Study Finds

July 15th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

A significant percentage of completed drug clinical trials, especially those funded by industry, are not disclosed to the public, years after being completed—a trend that “threatens the validity of the clinical research literature in the U.S.,” according to a study led by a Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researcher. The study, published in the... More

Emergency Responders More Comfortable in Active Shooting Scenarios After Training

July 11th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responders felt better prepared to respond to an active shooter incident after receiving focused tactical training according to a new study in the journal Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. This is the first study to specifically examine the EMS provider comfort level with respect to entering a scene where a shooter has... More

BUSM MD/PhD Candidate Tracks Osteoarthritis With Nanoparticles

July 11th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

A chronic disease afflicting more than 27 million Americans and 630 million worldwide, osteoarthritis occurs as the protective cartilage coating on joints in the knees, hips and other parts of the body degrades. No cure for osteoarthritis exists, but treatments can slow its progression, reduce pain and restore joint functioning. Now a team of researchers... More

BU Researchers Relate Arrests with HIV Risk Environment

July 9th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Practices used in policing injection drug users in Russia might contribute to HIV transmission and overdose mortality. A study, conducted by researchers from Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, in collaboration with St. Petersburg Pavlov State University, sought to discover the effect police arrests had on the health outcomes of a cohort of HIV-positive... More

BU Researchers and Collaborators Receive $12.6 Million NIH Grant to Study Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease

July 7th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Researchers from the Biomedical Genetics division of the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) are part of a five-university collaboration receiving a $12.6 million, four-year grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to identify rare genetic variants that may either protect against, or contribute to Alzheimer’s... More